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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 386-13
June 01, 2013

Readout of Meeting Between Secretary Hagel and Philippines Secretary of National Defense Voltaire Gazmin

          Pentagon Press Secretary George Little provided the following readout:

          "Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel met with the Philippines Secretary of National Defense Voltaire Gazmin today during the annual Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore.

          "Secretary Hagel emphasized the importance of the Philippines as a treaty ally and reaffirmed the United States commitment to the Mutual Defense Treaty.  Secretary Hagel stressed the importance of maintaining freedom of navigation in the region.

          "The leaders also discussed deepening bilateral defense cooperation including work towards increasing rotational presence of U.S. forces in Philippines to address common challenges."